Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Small Biz Saturday Showcase 07-05-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live
Small Biz Saturday Showcase 07-05-14
Handyman, Loans, Rock n Roll, Kid's Author
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
Listen to the show online HERE

Today's Guests:
Lou Lombardi
Rock N' Roll Philanthropist, Musician, Band Leader and Online Business Expert
Brian Fallet
Handyman, He's Pretty Handy
Emily Keebler
Pittsburgh Lead, Kiva City
JoAnn R. Forrester
Empress of Biz, Business, S. I. Business Associates, and Author of The Gift of Holiday Valley

Lou Lombardi
Rock N' Roll Philanthropist, Musician, Band Leader and Online Business Expert
Lou Lombardi is not just in the business of live music entertainment! His business is marketing entertainment, creating fun filling venues.  He creates win-wins for venue, artist, and the ultimate audience experience.  Lou's imaginative approach to creating an audience experience is changing the face of the "live entertainment" business.

Lou's stellar method is:
Creating interactive, audience participation and Good chemistry socially, business and artistically!

Lou works his magic by creating success for other musicians and those in the live entertainment business such as:
  • Other musicians
  • Indie artists
  • Venue owners
  • Those looking to promote and profit from live entertainment
  • AND Entertainment seekers who are looking for a live music experience that has them "saving the date" for the next one. 
Talking Points:
  • Being a musician... working with non-profits
  • Using Internet Lifestyle Network, How I am using the Facebook Graph Search to generate leads and the importance of outsourcing.
  • New Radio Show
  • Video Marketing
We “zig zag our way to success”
Video marketing is the top skill that I see as most beneficial to this position. I became interested in video about a year ago and decided to learn as much about it as possible. Video requires various skill sets; there is more to it than just making videos that look and sound good.

Effective video marketing requires a good screen presence and solid video persona. It has taken me some time to develop these. While I learned a lot from watching masters like Andy Jenkins, there was also a lot of trial and error. I would do a video; watch it, usually get disgusted for a bit, and the get back to it, working on it again and again. I had some amateur flaws to overcome. I would look away from the camera at inappropriate times. I would talk too fast. I also had a bad habit of repeatedly blinking. With some work and persistence, I was able to smooth these things out and develop quality on-screen presence. My videos are now shorter and much more to the point. I come across cool and confident, yet fun and "down to earth". Developing my video presence has been key to creating a growing internet presence. As of this writing my YouTube channel has 71,689 views and that is primarily organic traffic.

I work hard to combine solid content with casual product mentions. The best videos are subtle - they do not sound like a sales pitch. This is more of an art than a science. Admittedly, I do some pure sales videos as well, but those are usually to get people to take advantage of a free offer, followed up by emails and Facebook interaction.

The other side of video marketing is how you market the actual videos themselves. This includes everything from deciding what to name the video, to the text that appears below the video on Youtube, to deciding what keywords to use and how to embed the video on a capture page and how to drive traffic to that capture page. These are only a small portion of the things that a video marketer must consider when doing video marketing. Learning all I can about video marketing and putting it into action has become a driving part of my life and online success strategy.

“Lou has a unique way of combining personal development content with marketing.  His on screen presence is one of the best I've seen” ~ Matt Tomsho, The Effective Detective
Entrepreneur Tip:
There will always be ups and downs. I have learned that we “zig zag our way to success”. The most important thing is to never give up.

What stands in the way becomes the way.
There are many challenges facing the online entrepreneur and I am no exception. Some of these challenges are simply inherent to the business but the biggest challenges are inherently human.

As a personal development coach, I often have to tap in to my own advice and coach myself - to stop and refocus on the idea of “vision.” For me, vision means being able to see the possibilities within challenges or problems. One of my favorite quotes is by Marcus Aurelius “What stands in the way becomes the way.” I am always looking for the opportunity. I ask myself, “How can I make something out of this?” I look for the path through. I look for the path that will utilize not only my gifts, skills and talents but external resources as well. Who or what is in my life at this moment to get me to where I want to go?

Vision also means being able to look at myself honestly. This can be tough sometimes. I have to admit where I am. That is the only place for me to start. Then I look at where I want to go and ask “What do I need to get from where I am to where I want to go? What is the fastest path?” And most importantly, “Who can help get me there?” I have learned to consider everything and everyone as a possible resource.

Finally, vision is inextricably linked to leadership. Pushing forward with a goal in mind means constantly improving my leadership skills. This was something that I had a mental block about for many years. Carrying the vision, like it or not makes you the leader. I had to get over myself and take charge if I was ever going to create the life that I wanted. Learning to rally people, to give clear and concise direction without being overbearing or overly critical has become invaluable.

As a leader, I have had to learn to keep a close eye on what is and what IS NOT working. I have had to learn when to cut losses and change direction in order to stay the course toward the vision.

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Contact:
Lou Lombardi
YouTube: Your Guitarist
Blog: Your Guitarist
LL Strangelove.com
LL Strangelove Videos
LinkedIn: Lou Lombardi
7 Days To Profit With Lou Lombardi
Awaken the Rock Star Within


Brian Fallet
Handyman, He's Pretty Handy
I was born in Johnstown, Pa, and raised in the small town of Cassandra, Pa. I graduated from Portage High in '78 and then joined the Navy. I was stationed on board the USS Donald B Beary out of Norfolk, Va, for 4 years. After that, I married a shipmate's sister as she was joining the Air force. We were stationed in San Antonio Texas, and then Dover Delaware. We had 2 Beautiful boys, but it ended in divorce in 1990. After the divorce, I moved to Pittsburgh where I have been ever since.

I have 32 years of Mechanical and electrical background. I am retired from the military after serving 28 years, 4 active and 22 reserves in the Navy and then 6 years reserves in the Air force. I have an Associates degree in Business and another in HVAC from CCAC and a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Robert Morris University. I worked as an HVAC tech in Texas, Delaware and did Maintenance in Apt complexes and colleges and Base housing.

I started my handyman business as a side business in 1995. Then in 2011 after being laid off from a sales position with a window/door company I decided that rather diving back into corporate America I would prefer to work for myself so I made my handyman business my primary job.

Talking Points:
I serve primarily residential customers and some small commercial. The services I provide are many, mechanical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning it would be hard to list them all.  Mainly, "If it's broke, I'll fix it." This can include: 
  • Installing a new faucet 
  • Replacing a light switch
  • Replacing a ceiling fan 
  • Hanging a wall mount for a tv 
  • Clean & Check furnace/air conditioner 
  • Installing smoke detectors 
  • Patching drywall 
  • Pressure washing decks 
  • Hanging shelves 
  • Replacing a garbage disposal 
  • and much, much more!
Entrepreneur Tip:
Avoid debt like the plague. Start small, take your time growing, do not undercharge. Follow a 5 year business plan. Do everything as if it were your mother's house.  Take a business course, hire a bookkeeper, accountant and put a lawyer on retainer.

Consumer Tip:
As a consumer you should always try to get 3 estimates for a job.  Make sure that your handyman is insured / licensed.

And Remember to call me first if you have any handyman questions or need advice on a repair. My advice is always free 24/7.

Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
Call and and mention that you heard Brian on this show and receive 10% off labor for 6 months from date of this show (07/05/14).

Contact:
He's Pretty Handy
www.BrianFallet.com
I am located in the South Side of Pittsburgh, which makes it easy for me to travel anywhere in and around the Pittsburgh area.
(412) 431-1498 (h)  |  (412) 886-4348 (c)
brian@brianfallet.com
Facebook: HesPrettyHandy


Emily Keebler
Pittsburgh Lead, Kiva City Pittsburgh Lead
Emily Keebler works to inform entrepreneurs and their supporters in the Pittsburgh area about Kiva Zip’s 0% interest, crowdfunded micro-loans as the Kiva City Pittsburgh Lead.  Kiva, the world’s first microlending website, empowers small businesses in Pittsburgh and around the world by connecting them to lenders who collectively fund loans and provide a network of support for each business.

Talking Points:
  • Over the course of her career, Emily has served the communities and residents of Pittsburgh via her work for several non-profit organizations and the City of Pittsburgh.  In each position, she has particularly enjoyed opportunities to help individuals navigate resources and systems within the world of personal finance.   
  • In February 2014, Emily began helping entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh area to utilize Kiva Zip to obtain 0% interest microloans to develop their small businesses.  
  • In March 2014, Kiva City Pittsburgh was launched.  A Kiva City is a focused initiative led by Kiva.org to build awareness of the opportunity that Kiva Zip provides to a particular metropolitan area. It requires the support of a network of partners including local politicians, funders, small business technical assistance providers, as well as Kiva Zip trustees, borrowers, and lenders.  
  • As the Kiva City Pittsburgh Lead, Emily works to inform three broad groups about Kiva Zip: current and potential borrowers, trustees, and lenders
  • Borrowers: Current and soon-to-be business owners can benefit from Kiva Zip by using the online platform to crowdfund loans of up to $5,000 at 0% interest.  By using Kiva Zip, small businesses can access capital to help them develop or grow their business, and do so at 0% interest, allowing them to use their hard-earned dollars for direct business expenses rather than finance charges.  
  • Trustees: The Kiva Zip model relies on individuals and organizations who aim to assist entrepreneurs and have existing relationships with small business owners.  Trustees benefit from being involved with Kiva Zip by promoting the good work that they already do for area businesses and helping entrepreneurs to access capital.  
  • Lenders: The Kiva Zip crowdfunding model would not work if it weren’t for the generous lenders that contribute to collectively fund loans for Kiva Zip borrowers.  As Kiva Zip spreads to new cities, such as Pittsburgh, it is essential that the number of lenders keeps up with the growing demand for this alternative capital.  
  • Small business owners in the U.S. cite ‘access to capital’ as one of their top three business constraints.  Kiva Zip’s alternative funding provides a platform for entrepreneurs that face this constraint to crowdfund a small loan to help them start or expand their business.    
  • Because Kiva Zip loans are crowd-funded by individuals who believe in a small business owner’s character and reliability as endorsed by a Kiva Zip trustee, lenders do not ask for a borrower’s credit score, cash flow, or collateral.  By removing those criteria, Kiva Zip is able to help new and innovative businesses that might not otherwise qualify for a traditional loan, as well as borrowers with a short or damaged credit history.  
  • A benefit to crowdfunding loans is the connection that is made between lenders and borrowers.  Kiva Zip lenders become cheerleaders, potential customers, and brand ambassadors for the businesses they’ve also supported financially.  
  • Kiva Zip loans are all offered at 0% interest and without any fees, giving an advantage to small businesses that could use a hand.   
  • First-time borrowers on the Kiva Zip website may borrow up to $5,000 and may choose a repayment term of up to 24 months.  Once this amount is repaid, there is an opportunity to borrow progressively larger amounts.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Most people genuinely want to see others do well, so don’t be afraid to ask people in your network, even those you don’t know well, for help.

Consumer Tip:
Remember that finding a rock bottom price is not always the most important thing when shopping.  Supporting local businesses, by lending on Kiva Zip or as a customer, has many positive impacts on the community, some of which may even have direct or indirect financial benefits for you.

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Contact:
Kiva Zip
KivaZip.org
contactzip@kiva.org
Twitter: @KivaZip
social media addresses  |  social media addresses
Kiva City Pittsburgh
Kiva.org  |  Kiva.org/Pittsburgh
(412) 204-7410  |  emily.keebler@fellows.kiva.org
Twitter: @EmilyPGH  |  Facebook: KivaCityPittsburgh
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JoAnn R. Forrester
Empress of Biz, S. I. Business Associates
Author of The Gift of Holiday Valley
Once upon a time there was business consultant by the name of JoAnn R. Forrester who worked very hard for her small business clients, raised them lots of money ($40 million), taught hundreds of classes, seminars and workshops to thousands of clients and students, won many awards for her accomplishments and helped her clients gain national recognition for their accomplishments  and even had her own podcast show, The Empress of Biz, Listen, Learn, Prosper and had helped many organizations that served women and children…something was missing…and she was beginning to become  bored and sad…very sad.  She was tired of doing cost analysis, business plans and having to joust with bankers to help her clients….she wanted some fun, she wanted to play and just be happy.

Then one day she woke up and felt inspired to set down at her desk and figure out what else she could do to besides  “serious business stuff”.  Well she sat  and   wrote,  and sat and wrote some more….and “Oh My” she discovered that  she loved to write and had lots  of stories in her head…many of them children’s stories that had been waiting to be told  for a long time.  And the more she wrote the stories ….the happier she was.
JoAnn’s  first children’s book,  “The Gift of Holiday Valley” is one that she has carried in her heart for a long time and now being shared with you.  Come and read  about  Holiday Valley.  A special  place where we would all like to be…where no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you came from…you belong  and everyone wants to be your friend and help you.  Although…even in a perfect place like Holiday Valley there are some new things to learn and different  ways to be helpful and share the joy and happiness of everyone there.

Award winning Small Business Growth Management Specialist for over 30 years.  Story teller since I was a child.  Have written hundreds of business plans, profiles for clients, marketing and strategic plans   two business workbooks and business advice columns, raised millions of dollars ……but in my heart I wanted to be an author and write stories and NOW I AM.

Talking Points:
  • Started in 1975, I was the junior partner, had an opportunity and grabbed it with two other men, Jim Martin and Bob Masse.   Immediately had a major corporate client Allegheny Ludlum Industries and Allegheny Ludlum Steel
  • Wrote book, The Gift of Holiday Valley, to give us a gift to family and friends when I had very little money and did not know what to do for gifts. That Christmas everyone got a handwritten copy of the story and homemade gifts of cookies and candies.  It was one of the nicest Christmases I had…
  • My Mother saved the story and everything I gave to her  over the years and when she passed I found it again  and read it and I could hear her saying to me…maybe I could illustrate this for you.  She never did because she devoted her time to taking care of my Dad, who was an invalid for years.  She always wanted me to write and I am doing this for many reasons…for personal joy, share the message of Holiday Valley and open a new avenue for work for me.
  • My day to day business Concentrate on business and strategic and professional development for large and small to mid size companies.  Much prefer to work with the small businesses…You can deal with the owners and management and they are quicker to respond and act to solve a problem…rather than deal with all the layers in between and not have a problem solved or be able to help people quickly  was not for me.
  • We serve small to medium businesses who do not have a CFO and help to eliminate waste and create a strategic plan for profit.
  • When needed we raise fund for the businesses…have raised over $40 million dollars and work with them to manage the direction of the company once they obtained their financing.  
  • We serve small to medium businesses who do not have a CFO and help to eliminate waste and create a strategic plan for profit.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Money is  a tool… use it wisely…it allows you to pursue your dreams…such as my dream of being an author and writing books

Consumer Tip:
Buy my book…The Gift of Holiday Valley.

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Contact:
Empress of Biz, S. I. Business Associates
Author of The Gift of Holiday Valley
Empressofbiz.com
P. O. Box  472
Oakmont, PA
Office: (412) 440-6969  |  Cell: (412) 670-4322
selfimagebz@aol.com  |  empressofbiz@gmail.com
Facebook: JoAnnRForrester




Hosted By:
Joanne Quinn-Smith
Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding™. Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans. Joanne’s expertise is in creating online platforms that create perpetual buzz. 

Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors. 

Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-14-14


Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-14-14
Downtown Pittsburgh Partners & Burgh Blues Festival
Listen to the show online HERE


PPL Co-Host
Dawn Pomaybo
Executive Director, Women's Networking Association
WIN-Pittsburgh, a NA-WIN Affiliate
Women’s Interactive Network (WIN) offers an opportunity to meet women whom are successful in all aspects of business, from the corporate ranks to entrepreneurs. Every meeting and event allows ample opportunity to hone networking skills while enjoying the company of business-minded women. WIN-Pittsburgh is an affiliate of the National Association of the Women's Interactive Network (NA-WIN). Visit www.winpitt.org and www.na-win.com to learn more.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY?
Double Wide Grille

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  Eighth Anniversary of The Woman’s Interactive Network of Pittsburgh Summer Cocktail Party

CULTURAL CLUES
CATS!  |  Book of Mormon the Musical  |  PSO Remembers Former Director Lorin Maazel  |  The Harambee Black Arts Culture Festival  |  Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 Season  |  Christmas In July  |  Pittsburgh Blues Festival Offers 20th Year of Great Blues and Feeding the Hungry  |  Boyz II Men Reunites with the PSO  |  Ring of Fire

KIDZ KORNER
Activities For All Ages at the History Center  |  3D for Kids

WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
79th National Convention of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs  |  Eighth Anniversary of The Woman’s Interactive Network of Pittsburgh Summer Cocktail Party  |  Pistols-n-Pink Monthly MeetUp  |  Allegheny County MWDBE Open House  |  WIN Professional Development Day…a Half Day Workshop  |  Patient Navigation: Why It's Important

BUSINESS BUZZ
Kiva Zip Trustee Information Session  |  Authors' Zone First Author/Publisher/Editor/Proofreader Gathering  |  Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF:  Film Screening: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH:  Pittsburgh Blues Festival Offers 20th Year of Great Blues and Feeding the Hungry

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS
OpenStreetsPGH 2014  |  Navigating the Health Care System  |  Celebrate Downtown Pittsburgh!

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS:  Kiva City Pittsburgh Borrowers

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille  |  Double Wide Grille, Southside  |  Downtown Gallery Crawl and Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS
BPW Scholarship Fundraiser  |  Golf Instruction

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS

Eighth Anniversary of The Woman’s Interactive Network of Pittsburgh Summer Cocktail Party
July 29 2014  |   5:30 - 7:30 PM
Gaetano’s Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd

(NOTE: Was previously scheduled the 22nd, but changed to the 29th due to Liberty Tunnel closures)

Network with other professional women and celebrate with us!

Assorted appetizers, soft drinks and cash bar available.

Individual Registration     $15.00 (Members Only)
Individual Registration     $20.00 (NON WIN Members)
Vendor Table – WIN-Pittsburgh Members Only     $35.00

For more information and to register, visit Pittsburgh.na-WIN.com.



CULTURAL CLUES

Practical, Dramatical, Fanatical CATS! - You are Cordially Invited to Attend the Jellicle Ball
July 18-27, 2014  |  Benedum Center
Jellicle cats come one, come all! Join the Jellicle Ball July 18-27 with Pittsburgh CLO’s production of CATS! A talented company of felines will bring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mysterious masterpiece to life on the Benedum Center stage.

Featuring your favorite Jellicle Cats on the night of their annual gathering, this song and dance extravaganza is the purrfect opportunity for the entire family to create a memory that will live forever! Winner of seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless melodies including “Mr. Mistoffelees” and the multi-million selling hit “Memory.” It holds as one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history!

Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information.

For more tickets or more information, visit pittsburghCLO.org.


Its Not Church, But It Is the Book of Mormon the Musical
September 23 – October 5 2014  |  Heinz Hall   
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit content. For more information, visit BookOfMormonTheMusical.com.

Enter promo code ARNOLD2014 to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public on Thursday, July 17.
 
For more tickets or more information, visit online at TrustArts.org or call 412-315-3155.


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Remembers Former Director Lorin Maazel
The entire Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra organization was saddened to learn of the passing Maestro Lorin Maazel, who served as the orchestra’s music director from 1984 to 1996. Maazel, age 84, died on July 13, 2014 in Virginia from complications following pneumonia.

Lorin Maazel
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Maazel was a world-renowned conductor, as well as a composer, mentor, father and husband, who devoted more than 75 years of his life to music-making. He took the baton of the Pittsburgh Symphony during a critical time in its history, following the departure of Andre Previn. The symphony developed an unrivaled international following under his leadership, gathering future stature as he led tours of Europe, Asia and the Americas, added first-rank players to vital positions and programmed season-long retrospectives that appealed to audiences and critics alike.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Maestro Lorin Maazel. There can be no doubt that he had a significant impact on the musical life of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the music world as a whole. I, myself, played many times under his baton and was struck by his prodigious talent and quest for perfection,” said Manfred Honeck, current music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. “He left behind a core of musical leaders that still define the Pittsburgh Symphony today and an incredible standard of playing. As one of his successors, I am deeply indebted to him for creating the ideal culture of musicians and the music-making exemplified in this orchestra. All of us at the Pittsburgh Symphony and our audiences, both here and around the world, continue to benefit from the work he did in Pittsburgh. I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family and his many friends and fans. We have truly lost one of the world’s greatest conductors.”

Born in Paris in 1930, Maazel began violin lessons at age five, and conducting lessons at age seven. He and his family moved to Pittsburgh so that he could study conducting with Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, who had become associate conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1939. Between ages nine and 15, he conducted most of the major American orchestras, including the NBC Symphony at the invitation of Arturo Toscanini. In the course of his decades-long career, Maazel conducted more than 150 orchestras in no fewer than 5,000 opera and concert performances. He made more than 300 recordings, including symphonic cycles of complete orchestral works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss, winning 10 Grands Prix du Disques.

During his career, Maazel served as artistic director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and general manager of the Vienna State Opera, as music director of the Radio Symphony of Berlin, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, with whom he made an unprecedented visit to North Korea in 2008. He also was a highly regarded composer, with a wide-ranging catalog of works written primarily over the last 15 years.

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins the international music community in mourning the passing of a Pittsburgh native who began his music career as a child prodigy and grew to become the most prolific conductor of perhaps all time. He conducted some 150 orchestras during his lifetime and we, in Pittsburgh, benefited from and deeply respected his time with us as music director. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Maazel family,” said James Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.


The Harambee Black Arts Culture Festival
Sat and Sun, July 19-20 2014

This Saturday and Sunday Come Out to the Harambee Black Arts Festival.

There are opportunities to volunteer and be a vendor at the festival.

If you are interested in volunteering please call Marteen Garay at 412-737-2133.

For those interested in vending please contact Lawanda Long at 412-606-1997.

For more information, visit www.harambeeujima.org.


Roberto Clemente Musical World Premiere, 2 More Beloved Musicals, Tennessee Williams Classic, and a Shakespearean Comedy Highlight Conservatory Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 Season
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company will produce five works, including the world premiere of a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, in the 2014-2015 season.

The season begins Oct. 17 and runs through April 26, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in the city’s Oakland neighborhood.

Written by Alki Steriopoulos, “21” will be directed by Richard Sabellico, who has directed Off-Broadway, national tours, and several Pittsburgh CLO productions, including The Music Man (starring Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley Jr.), The Pajama Game, and Bells Are Ringing.

The season’s other productions are William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy, As You Like It, directed by John Amplas, the musicals Urinetown, directed by Zeva Barzell, and The Boy Friend, directed by Jack Allison, and Tennessee Williams’ timeless classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Martin Giles.

The Conservatory Theatre Company 2014-2015 season subscriptions, which save patrons up to 35 percent off single-ticket prices, are available now. Five-show season packages are $50-$70. Those who purchase three subscriptions get the fourth free. Single tickets are $18-$20 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2.

For more information, contact the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or visit www.pittsburghplayhouse.com


Christmas In July
Thursday, July 17  |  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  |  Market Square
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Christmas in July, a special event being held during the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Market Square Farmer’s Market on Thursday, July 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Pittsburgh.  Christmas in July promises an afternoon of entertainment and special offers as the holiday season arrives early in Pittsburgh. Featuring performances by cast members from IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, coming to the Benedum Center this November 18-23, and the CLO Mini Stars, the event is hosted by Ron Antill and Sara Lockard of the WISH 99.7 FM Morning Crew.

Christmas in July is part of The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s “Celebrate Downtown!” initiative being held from July 14-21. The week-long celebration will include 8 days of programming designed to highlight the many facets that make Downtown Pittsburgh the most vibrant and unique neighborhood in the City. The celebration coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AND SPECIAL OFFERS
A number of special offers will be available at the Christmas in July event, including a special priority ticket offer to Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS, playing at the Benedum Center this November. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get tickets to this holiday classic.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker
Location: Benedum Center  |  Dates: December 11-28, 2014  |  Special Offer: 20% OFF

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's presentation of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Location: Benedum Center  |  Dates: November 18-23, 2014  |  Special Offer: Priority Ticket Offer

Annie
Location: Benedum Center  |  Dates: October 28-November 2, 2014  |  Special Offer: Priority Ticket Offer

Pittsburgh Public Theater presents The Second City
Location: O’Reilly Theater  |  Dates: January 6-7, 2015  |  Special Offer: 50% off

Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol
Location: Byham Theater  |  Dates: December 5-21, 2014  |  Special Offer: Priority Ticket Offer

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Highmark Holiday Pops
Location: Heinz Hall  |  Dates: Dec. 13, 20, 21 at 2:30 PM and Dec. 20 at 7:30 PM  |  Special Offer: 50% off

Special offers are good for two days only.  Ticket buyers should use promo code XMASINJULY which will be valid at the Cultural District tent on Thursday, July 17 and online on Friday, July 18 only.  Please visit CulturalDistrict.org for full performance descriptions and information on restrictions that may apply to the offers.  For more information, visit culturaldistrict.org.

For more information, visit TrustArts.org.


Pittsburgh Blues Festival Offers 20th Year of Great Blues and Feeding the Hungry
July 19 - 21 2014  |  Hartwood Acres - Hampton, PA
In a radio interview with WDVE 102.5 FM’s Sean McDowell this afternoon, the line-up for the 19th Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival, presented by Peoples Natural Gas, was announced by Ron “Moondog” Esser, who chairs the Blues Festival Committee. The Pittsburgh Blues Festival will open on Friday, July 19, 2013 at its current home at Hartwood Acres (Hampton, PA) with the Slide Brothers, and close on Sunday night, July 21 with Tab Benoit. In between, a host of local and national acts will fill two stages. All proceeds from the Blues Festival benefitGreater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

“We always try to include some classic blues bands and some new people, and different blues styles, and we certainly have done that this year,” said Esser. “There’s Louisiana bayou and New Orleans funk, Texicana roots, R&B and steel slide: something for everybody.”   Friday’s admission is FREE with a bag of nonperishable groceries to donate to the Food Bank. The Slide Brothers are four of the best slide guitarists living today, a “dynamic, house-rocking blend of blues, gospel, rock and soul that respects faith and funk.” Friday gets even funkier with Big Sam’s Funky Nation, “a walking, talking, funking class in the history and myriad styles of funk…that most grooving and gritty stepchild of blues, soul and classic R & B.”

Saturday is a full day of music that starts with Gina Sicilia, the 2008 “Best New Artist” at the International Blues Challenge, with a throaty “dark-honey” powerful voice. Next is Eric Lindell, a Festival favorite who has brought his soulful New Orleans “roots” blues to the Festival before. Later on, Joe Louis Walker will take the stage. A consummate bluesman, Joe Louis Walker has been around long enough to have played with Mike Bloomfield. His gritty heavy blues-rock sound has critics calling him a “legendary blues icon.”
Saturday night’s headliner is Los Lonely Boys, currently enjoying a resurgence of popularity with their critically-acclaimed new release Rockpango. “Like previous releases, the band jumps from Latin-tinged funk to bluesy, Stevie Ray Vaughan styled guitar blowouts to sweet, acoustic melodies, while the brothers’ charismatic harmonies remain a constant selling-point throughout.”

And Sunday features J. D. McPherson, The Nighthawks with Billy Price, and Tab Benoit. McPherson is new on the blues scene, having just released his first CD in 2010, and is known for mixing and matching blues styles with a sound all his own. The Nighthawks are from the other end of the age spectrum, a quartet with decades of success still going strong with some original and some new members. Mark Stutso, a well-known Pittsburgh musician in the Norman Nardini/Glenn Pavone circle, is the latest addition to the Nighthawks. With Billy Price at the front of the stage, this act is sure to remind the audience that Pittsburgh has produced an amazing number of great musicians.

The musical menu will also be filled out by an additional six or seven local bands. Pittsburgh Blues Festival is an all-weekend music extravaganza, a family-friendly green event with food, merchandise, a kids’ activity tent, zero-waste recycling, and best of all it embraces a great cause. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps provide food for more than 120,000 children, seniors and working families every month.

Admission to Saturday and Sunday of the Blues Festival is $35 each day; discount advance tickets and weekend passes can be purchased atwww.pghblues.com, or by calling the Blues Hotline at 412-460-BLUE. Children under 12 enter free, and parking at Hartwood Acres is free as well. Over 18 years, the Blues Festival has raised more than $1.5 million to help the Food Bank fight hunger in our region.


Boyz II Men Reunites with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in One-Night-Only Performance
July 23 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
From “Motownphilly” to “On Bended Knee,” the iconic music of ‘90s supergroup Boyz II Men combined with the masterful sounds of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra promise one soulful evening when they return to the Heinz Hall stage on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Boyz II Men members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman met as students at the prestigious Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. In a career that has spanned more than 20 years and 15 albums, the group’s distinctive R&B sound has made a mark with their individual voices and peerless harmonies. Led by Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, audience members will enjoy hits like “Water Runs Dry,” “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and many others with full orchestral accompaniment.

This concert features “tweet seats,” a seating section (Grand Tier, rows C-T) where audience members are encouraged to share their concert experience in real time via social media with the hashtag “#BoyzIIMenPGH.”

Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $110, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org


Pittsburgh Premiere Extended!  Ring of Fire Will Rock the CLO Cabaret Through August 24 
Due to popular demand, Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash has been extended through August 24 at the CLO Cabaret.  The show was previously scheduled to close August 17.

Ring of Fire by the Numbers:
  • Over 5,000 audience members have enjoyed Ring of Fire since it opened at the CLO Cabaret May 22. 
  • Instrumentation featured in Ring of Fire includes: Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Snare Drum, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Washboard and Upright Bass.  
  • Ring of Fire features over 30 of Johnny Cash’s hits including “Country Boy,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Five Feet High and Rising,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “I Walk the Line” and “I've Been Everywhere." 
  • Cast members Jon Rolf, Paul Koudouris and Santino Tomasetti used their musical prowess and Ring of Fire instrumentation to become one of just three national finalists in Dairy Queen’s S'mores Music Video Contest.  Voting concludes July 18. 
Performance Schedule for Ring of Fire:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays 7:30 PM
Saturdays 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sundays 2:00 PM

For more information, visit CLOCabaret.com.


KIDZ KORNER

Activities For All Ages at the History Center
Discovery Place, a hands-on laboratory, covers more than 250 years of Pittsburgh history and culture.

Located on the History Center's third floor, above the Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation exhibition, Discovery Place uses hands-on experiences to depict the lives of Western Pennsylvanian children over the past 200 years. The kids-centered area also includes "Get to the Point," an interactive trivia game focused on Pittsburgh innovations.

Kidsburgh, a two-story play place in the museum's first floor Great Hall, immerses the history fans of tomorrow in fun, interactive Pittsburgh-themed activities.

Alongside an interactive model of Pittsburgh, kids can design their own city using models of buildings, boats, and sports stadiums, serve up Isaly's "ice cream," and milk a mooing "cow" at Reymer's Old-Fashioned Deli. Then zoom down the Liberty Tube, a 12-foot spiral slide that kids love.

The Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia exhibition begins with an introduction to steamboat building in Western Pennsylvania. At each of five stations, children can learn how to build a steamboat including the hull, boiler, and the engine, from the paddlewheel to the deck and pilothouse. Finish the boat by giving it a name!

Then kids can try their hand at navigating the western waters with the Steamboats West board game. Can you steer your steamboat from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, Iowa safely? Spin the wheel to find out.

And don't forget to snap a photo with the Steamboat Arabia mule. Use #ArabiaMule in your tweet or Instagram photo so everyone can see it.


Digital Storytelling Workshops for Teens
Tues., July 22, Thurs., July 24, Tues., July 29, & Thurs., July 31 | 9 AM to noon 

Tell stories from Pittsburgh's past your way, in your voice, through new media skills. Uncover images and objects to create a digital story that brings history to life for visitors.

The History Center's Digital Storytelling summer learning experience allows teens to create vibrant multimedia stories about people and places in Pittsburgh history. These digital projects will illuminate objects and stories within the History Center's archival and museum collection, allowing teens to curate the collection in their own voice. The digital stories will be shared with visitors through a "New Voices for the Past" gallery guide.

The workshop is designed for teens age 12-16. In order to participate, students must attend all four sessions. The cost of the workshop is $50 and includes the use of digital equipment, drinks, and a light snack.

Registration is required by July 17. Please register here.  For more information please contact Mariruth Leftwich, education manager, 412-454-6390 ormaleftwich@heinzhistorycenter.org.  This project is part of Pittsburgh City of Learning, an initiative of The Sprout Fund.

Hop into History as we play and explore together in this hands-on session designed for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers. Kids will be transported back in time through music, dance, and games.

Wed., July 16 - Hop Into History: Moving Around Pittsburgh
Wed., Aug. 20 - Hop Into History: Down by the River

Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Children free, adults regular museum admission, which is good for the entire day. Hop Into History is free for History Center members.
RSVP: Space is limited, so please register in advance by emailing Mariruth Leftwich atmaleftwich@heinzhistorycenter.org or calling 412-454-6390.


3D for Kids
Want to make 3D art at home? Join award-winning filmmaker/musician Jeff Boller from The Simple Carnival (www.simplecarnival.com ) as he reveals the magic tricks behind making 3D (stereoscopic) art.

You'll learn how 3D works. You'll learn how to turn a regular 2D camera into a 3D camera. You'll learn how to draw 3D comics. You'll participate in 3D photography demonstrations. You'll see how ordinary art supplies can be used to make sophisticated animated 3D cartoons.

Prepare to be amazed...and to have fun!  More info here: www.3dforkids.net

This FREE workshop is intended for kids ages seven and up (and their parents).

To sign up, contact the Penn Area Library at 724-744-4414 or go to  www.pennlib.org.


WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT


79th National Convention of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs
From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt
July 21 - 26, 2014  |  Omni William Penn Hotel

Blazing New Pathways: Moving Forward With A Purpose!

Members from all parts of the country should attend this ground breaking convention to learn about how they can "Blaze New Pathways" in their corner of the globe. Family, friends, business professionals and guests interested about what The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. has to offer are welcome to come and enjoy the great public events that are taking place all week

If you are seeking employment, join us at the "Tracks to Success – Pathways to Opportunities" Career Summit where jobseekers will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops designed to strengthen their job seeking skills.

For more information, visit www.nanbpwc.org or call 516-356-4654.


Eighth Anniversary of The Woman’s Interactive Network of Pittsburgh Summer Cocktail Party
July 29 2014  |   5:30 - 7:30 PM
Gaetano’s Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd

(NOTE: Was previously scheduled the 22nd, but changed to the 29th due to Liberty Tunnel closures)

Network with other professional women and celebrate with us!

Assorted appetizers, soft drinks and cash bar available.

Individual Registration     $15.00 (Members Only)
Individual Registration     $20.00 (NON WIN Members)
Vendor Table – WIN-Pittsburgh Members Only     $35.00

The Women’s Interactive Network is a dynamic organizations that offers an opportunity to meet women whom are successful in all aspects of business, from the corporate ranks to entrepreneurs.

WIN-Pittsburgh was established in 2006 as a networking organization for professional women in the Greater Pittsburgh area. As the organization developed, members expressed the desire to network with other professional women across the nation. In May, the National Association of the Woman’s interactive networked was formally launched.

For more information and to register, visit Pittsburgh.na-WIN.com.


Pistols-n-Pink Monthly MeetUp
Friday, August 15 2014  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Millvale Sportsmen's Club

Join us as Guest of Pistols –n-Pink at the Millvale Sportsmen’s Club located at 170 Sunnyhill Rd, Wexford, PA 15090.

After we have a good time shooting on the range, we kick back, unwind and feature a woman-owned business.

Experienced and non-experienced shooters welcome. Instructors will be present; firearms and protection will be available.

This is a great excuse to hone your shooting skills or if you are a novice, a wonderful opportunity to learn about firearms in a relaxed atmosphere!

Special Guest Speaker:  Matt Shipley, speaking on Second Amendment Rights.  Matt Shipley – Retired Navy SEAL Commander, Constitutional Lecturer/Writer, GE 6ó MBB Process Expert, Published Author


Save the Date, Allegheny County MWDBE Open House
Thursday, September 18 2014  |  5:30  - 7:30 PM
Two Chatham Center, Suite 500  |  4th Floor, North Room   |  112 Washington Place


WIN Professional Development Day…a Half Day Workshop
Friday, September 12 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:00 PM  |  Gaetano’s Restaurant - 1617 Banksville Rd

“Be The Change! A day Filled With How To’s…Save The Date!  & Stay tuned for more details!

Early bird discounts prior to August 20th

For more information, click HERE.


Patient Navigation: Why It's Important
From Addagio Health
Numbers have recently been escalating in the arena of "lost to follow-up" - when a client does not respond to a healthcare provider such as Adagio Health "following up" after being identified as having an abnormality in their Pap test or breast exam.

In 2013, Adagio Health was awarded a grant from the National Susan G. Komen Foundation. Money provided by the grant allows Adagio Health to target vulnerable populations in the state of Pennsylvania. Adagio Health was only one of six organizations in the country to receive it. Funded to the Alliance of PA Councils, it is administered by Adagio Health.

This two-year grant, supported by the PA Department of Health, “will help Adagio Health venture into the future of cancer care,” says Lou Ann Jeremko, Adagio Health’s director of statewide cancer programs for Adagio Health. The grant is for clients involved in Komen programming and the PA Department of Health (PADOH) HealthyWoman program.

Cathy Pate, the Statewide Patient Navigator, was hired March 2014 to be the person fully dedicated to helping clients and the process of following up with abnormal test results. As the liaison between client and healthcare provider, it is Cathy’s job to help patients break down barriers that are preventing them from receiving treatment and get them the resources they need. This could include consulting with patients, their family members, providers, the county office and even pharmacies.

Read the entire story HERE.

BUSINESS BUZZ

Kiva Zip Trustee Information Session
Held in Partnership with Pittsburgh Mayor's Office
Potential Kiva Zip trustees had the opportunity to learn what the role of trustee entails, as well as more information about Kiva City Pittsburgh, at a Trustee Information Session held in partnership with the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto. Speakers included representatives from current trustees: Operation Better Block and Christian Evangelist Economic Development (CEED), as well as Leslie Parr, a borrower endorsed by CEED for a loan for her business, Shining Stars Creative Childcare and Learning Center.

Loans by the Numbers
Kiva City Pittsburgh keeps growing! Thus far...
39 loans have fully funded
23 Trustees have endorsed a borrower
More than $179,000 has been invested in local businesses!
No loans have expired and 3 are currently fundraising

Thank you and welcome to our newest trustees: Regina Johnson, Tonya Edmonds, and the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation.

For a list of all 23 Pittsburgh trustees and a link to our fundraising borrowers, visit www.kiva.org/Pittsburgh.
Good News for Local Agriculture Businesses!

Kiva has raised the introductory loan amount for agricultural businesses from $5,000 to $10,000!  Local farmers need our help more than ever, so help spread the word.

You can also support farmers by going to Kiva Zip's newly created agriculture page and lending!

 For more information, visit www.kiva.org.


Authors' Zone First Author/Publisher/Editor/Proofreader Gathering
August 8th 2014  |  6:30 - 8 PM  |  Max & Erma's in Greentree
We will provide an interesting evening which will bring you right up to date with the latest information about all aspects of producing a book.

We will also give you an opportunity to meet other authors/aspiring authors/publishers/editors/proofreaders.

There will also be time for hors d'oeuvres and perhaps a drink with good conversation.

Please RSVP to wip@fastmail.fm  by August 4th.

No Charge to attend.

For more information about The Authors' Zone, visit www.theauthorszone.com.


Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service 
Start your own business today,. this is a good time to be your own boss and be in charge of your destiny!! Buy 7 vehicles including the licensing to start up immediately. I will show you the tricks of the trade and refer business to you and get you started today!!!! Good business and great opportunity to network with BIG BUSINESS!!!! The possibilities are endless. "LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT"


ASSETS:
1 Cadillac DTS 2006  |  1 Cadillac DTS 2007  |  1 Lincoln 10 pass Limousine black

PUC LIMOUSINE AUTHORITY FOR PENNSYLVANIA
BONUS: Book of Business including new retail call will be referred.

For more information, call (800)292-2525 or visit www.plslimo.com.


POSITIVELY PITTSBURGH LIVE! PERKS
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PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center Events
Film Screening: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
Tuesday, July 22 2014  |  6 - 8 PM
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world.

But just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that heralded and represented the American Empire was slated to be destroyed. The destruction of this important landmark was one of the defining moments in American history that gave birth to the modern preservation movement in America. Join us for a screening of this documentary for a comprehensive look back at this defining moment in historic preservation.


NON-PROFIT EVENTS
SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh Blues Festival Offers 20th Year of Great Blues and Feeding the Hungry
July 19 - 21 2014  |  Hartwood Acres - Hampton, PA
In a radio interview with WDVE 102.5 FM’s Sean McDowell this afternoon, the line-up for the 19th Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival, presented by Peoples Natural Gas, was announced by Ron “Moondog” Esser, who chairs the Blues Festival Committee. The Pittsburgh Blues Festival will open on Friday, July 19, 2013 at its current home at Hartwood Acres (Hampton, PA) with the Slide Brothers, and close on Sunday night, July 21 with Tab Benoit. In between, a host of local and national acts will fill two stages. All proceeds from the Blues Festival benefitGreater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Admission to Saturday and Sunday of the Blues Festival is $35 each day; discount advance tickets and weekend passes can be purchased atwww.pghblues.com, or by calling the Blues Hotline at 412-460-BLUE. Children under 12 enter free, and parking at Hartwood Acres is free as well. Over 18 years, the Blues Festival has raised more than $1.5 million to help the Food Bank fight hunger in our region.


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS

OpenStreetsPGH 2014
July 20 2014  |  8 AM - 12 PM  |  Downtown Pittsburgh - Market Square to the Clemente Bridge
OpenStreetsPGH 2014 is a free event that will close the roads to cars so that people can walk, skate, dance, play, and be social. Downtown streets open for everyone. Enjoy free activities including yoga, Zumba, dance classes, and a climbing wall. Rain or Shine!

For more information about Open Streets, sign up for the email list at OpenStreetsPGH.com. Everyone who signs up for the email list will be entered to win a free bicycle (a sweet Fairdale Flyer).

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to collaborate with Bike Pittsburgh, Allegheny County,
City of Pittsburgh, No Wall Productions, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Let's Move Pittsburgh,
and Three Rivers Inline Club.


Navigating the Health Care System
An informed patient is a patient that gets good care. Knowing how our health care system works is the only way to make it work for you.

From applying for insurance, to paying your premiums, to finding a doctor, to advocating for your needs with your providers -- it all starts with education. Knowledge is power!
PHAN is here to help bring that information to you and your community, through ACA 101 and Proactive Patient trainings. Click here to tell us what you'd like to see in your community.

We've also got a fantastic team of PHAN Certified Trainers ready and waiting to table at local events, so take note next time you visit your local farmer's market or see notice in the paper of a community fair. We'd love to be there to table, but need you to let us know when and where events are happening!

Let's use this summer time to get our friends, families and communities armed with the information they need to take control of their health care.


Celebrate Downtown Pittsburgh!
July 14 - 21 2014
Downtown Dine Around – on Tuesday, July 15, at 5:00 p.m., seven Downtown restaurants, each a participant in the PDP’s Paris to Pittsburgh Façade Grant Program, will offer a food and drink tasting event. Restaurants include Sonoma, Ten Penny, Seviche, Perlé, Grit and Grace, Nine on Nine and Sienna Mercato.Tickets are available for purchase here.

Market Square Farmers Market – on Thursday, July 17, the Market will celebrate Christmas in July, featuring performances from Pittsburgh CLO Ministars and the upcoming “White Christmas” theater show, booths showcasing vendors from the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, and even a special summertime visit from Santa himself.

Project Pop Up: Fashion Market - on Friday, July 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Downtown fashion retailers, mobile fashion trucks and other local fashion vendors will fill Market Square with the most fashionable wares available in the city.

Downtown Living Expo – occurring in Market Square in conjunction with Project Pop Up Fashion, on Friday, July 18 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., stop by to meet with representatives of premier residential properties in Downtown Pittsburgh. Representatives will be on hand to talk about the latest in amenities offered in Downtown living.

Project Pop Up: Picnic – also on Friday, July 18, from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the Upper Mellon Green, located at Ross and Sixth Avenue, the new Downtown Pittsburgh restaurant Hundred Wood will offer three pre-ordered picnic lunches. The PDP will provide the picnic blankets and entertainment by local signer, Joel Lindsey. To pre-order your picnic lunch, click here.

Salsa in the Square – Finish off Friday’sactivities at 5:00 p.m. in Market Square, with live music by salsa band Machete and free dance instruction by Las Sabras Dance Company.

Downtown Community Clean Up –Saturday, July 19, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, the PDP’s Clean and Safe team will lead the largest volunteer day yet, with more than 150 volunteers completing projects to clean and green Downtown Pittsburgh. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to Rich Dethlefs.

All Access Downtown – also on Saturday, June 19, Downtown will open the doors to a wide variety of properties that many people have never visited and offer insightful tours of unique art and historical locations. Pittsburgh History and Landmarks will offer all five of their Downtown Walking Tours, the Office of Public Art will provide a special tour of Downtown Public Art, many Downtown churches will be open and available for tours, as will the rooftop of the US Steel Building, a Cultural District Theater, and Downtown residential properties, both model units and currently lived-in properties. Tickets are free but required for most tours, details and links to reserve tickets are available on the PDP website.

Open Streets Pittsburgh – on Sunday, July 20 from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Along with Bike Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the PDP will host Open Streets Pittsburgh. This free event will close Sixth and Market Streets from the Clemente Bridge to Market Square to cars so that people can walk, skate, dance, play, and be social. This will include a half mile of Open Streets and programming will include Yoga, Zumba, dance classes, climbing walls and much more. Visit OpenStreetsPGH.com for complete details and the opportunity to sign up to win a bike!

For more information click HERE


POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS

Kiva City Pittsburgh Borrowers
Congratulations to the three borrowers who recently reached their fundraising goals (pictured at left): Justin of Ava Lounge, Geoff of Open Floor, and Micah of Shoutside Media.

And best of luck to the Pittsburgh businesses fundraising now: Leslie of The Ultimate Beauty Spa, Chantel of System 4 cleaning service, and Marita of AdmINtrinsic.

If you would like to receive an e-newsletter directly from Kiva City Pittsburgh and don't want to miss future editions and notifications, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/SUAU5.

If people go to www.kiva.org/Pittsburgh, the borrowers scroll through the upper right hand corner and then they can see other info about the program below.  The link that goes straight to the borrower page isn't quite as pretty, but it is more direct - zip.kiva.org/loans/s/Pittsburgh.


ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT

Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille
You have to try out their new frozen fruit drinks and also the Wild Caught Mussels in Marinara.  What a treat!  We had guests from Mumbai, India and they loved it also.

Double Wide Grille, Southside
Frozen mohitos with loads of fresh mint.  What an afternoon with old friends.  Also one of our guests tried, "The Marriage Counselor" with pineapple juice, cucumber rind, basil and gin.  She found it delightful.  Loads of choices on the menu from vegetarian, which we had to "diner fair" like wings and burgers.  The huge menu is overpowering.  We literally gourged ourselves on seitan wings, coconut tofu, sesame and peanut tofu and a huge California salad with avocoado and sprouts and just about every fruit and vegetable in season.  AND they have for real cornbread.

Downtown Gallery Crawl and Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh
Downtown was awash with people for the free gallery crowd and iside the August Wilson Center, the VIP Cosmopolitan Party and post VIP dance party was sold out.  What a night.

Read more reviews at Roving Pittsburgher Report

If you would like to share your review and pictures of an event,
please email info@pplmag.com


PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS

BPW Scholarship Fundraiser
Hope you can join us on Saturday afternoon, August 9th as we watch the Lady Rebellion Pro Softball team play in Washington, Pa. at the WildThings Stadium.  We will be in a box (with airconditioning!) and enjoy a buffet lunch & enjoy the women’s softball game.  Cost is only $40.00 and includes your buffet lunch & soft drinks/ice tea, a seat in air-conditioned comfort, or you can sit out in the bleachers right in front of home plate!

This is a fundraiser for District 12 BPW Scholarship Fund.  Please come out and help us raise money to enable us to give out scholarships next Spring to deserving women from our area!

The deadline is approaching to make your reservations, so please do so today!

Call me with any questions – 724-557-5552.

Hope to see you there for a fun afternoon supporting women in sports!!!


Bored playing the same course? Try these tips.
Debbie Constantin Golf Instruction - Men, Women, Juniors; Private and Group; Golf Fitness, Ladies Golf Leagues, Disability Golf

On Course Management. Playing from different tee boxes will help work on different parts of your game. Some days, play from the forward tees - it helps you work on the short game. On other days, play from the back tees to help work on your longer clubs. Playing from a combination of different tees will help you see the course from a different perspective. If you are always playing the same course from the same tees, it can be b-o-r-i-n-g!! Challenge yourself!!

For more information click HERE

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